A farmer appeared before court on Monday (October 14th), following an anonymous complaint from a member of the public regarding animal welfare concerns on his farm.
William Ronald Armstrong with an address at Gorey Road, Cabragh, Dungannon, was sentenced at Dungannon Magistrates' Court.
He was sentenced in respect of three charges of, failure to ensure the needs of animals were met to the extent required by good practice, one charge of failure to dispose of a carcase, eight charges of failure to comply with a duty with regard to animal welfare, two charges of failure to make and retain medicine records and two charges of failure to produce medicine records.
He had previously pleaded guilty to all charges, in respect of the three charges of ensuring the needs of animals were met and the four medicines records-related charges, he was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended to three years.
In respect of failing to dispose of animal by-products, he was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for three years and he received a conditional discharge for three years in respect of the other offences of failing to comply with animal welfare requirements, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environmental and Rural Affairs.